Rethinking the Front Lawn as a Garden

Rethinking the Front Lawn as a Garden

Kim R. McCormick
Jul 14, 2011

Although they soak up large amounts of water, chemicals, and (over time) homeowner's money, front lawns often sit unused. Organic Gardening details how artist, architect, and author Fritz Haeg has helped bring a greener and suprisingly social solution to American yards.

Haeg has published two editions of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, and this particular article explains the process of and neighbor's positive reactions to the change.

"To create the garden, Haeg and Ridgley smothered the lawn with thick layers of newspaper and then topped it with a soil-compost mixture. Circular mounds of the mixture function as unframed raised beds. Wood chips define pathways. The plants make up the design of the garden." A variety of climate-appropriate seeds are sewn, and, as the garden grows and transforms the yard, Haeg points out that the change can become a topic of conversation and point of socialization for neighbors.

Read the full article at Organic Gardening.

(Image: A Baltimore front garden by Rob Cardillo for Organic Gardening)

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